Matchday 14 got off to a wild start, with Marouane Chamakh remembering that scoring goals was not only legal but actually encouraged.
His effort on Tuesday at Selhurst Park led Crystal Palace to a 1-0 victory over West Ham. The three points are enough to pull Crystal Palace out of the cellar and bring West Ham dangerously closer to falling into the bottom three of the table.
Don't just take my word for it. Take my word and a table for it:
|Premier League Table|
|13||West Bromwich Albion||14||3||6||5||-2||15|
|17||West Ham United||14||3||4||7||-3||13|
Four points clear of second-place Chelsea, Arsenal will enter their match with Hull City knowing their lead atop the table is safe regardless of the outcome.
While Arsenal's date with Hull City doesn't appear too ripe for upset, it is the same Hull City that knocked off Liverpool this past week. Liverpool are now in fourth in the table and will be looking for a return to Anfiled against Norwich City to help get them back on track.
Sitting with 24 points right alongside Liverpool are Everton. They will be hoping not to get stuck on 24, as they travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday to take on a Manchester United team that is right behind them with 22 points.
As for Tuesday's action, maligned striker Chamakh doubled his season totals in goals with a single score in the 42nd minute.
His scoring woes haven't been limited to this season, either. On loan with West Ham last season, he didn't record a single goal.
Have a look at this pre-match stat from Opta Sports:
This is just Palace's third win of the season, and it will give the team a needed confidence boost, as Tony Pulis' group tries to stave off elimination.
On the flip side, this is a big blow to West Ham. Sam Allardyce's team entered this match after trouncing Fulham 3-0 this past weekend and were looking to jump up into the top half of the table.
Instead, this team has to start worrying about launching a survival bid.
Such is life in the wild EPL this season.
Wednesday provided plenty of surprises, as well, with Everton beating Manchester United, 1-0, at Old Trafford. Southampton also fell at home, 3-2, to Aston Villa. Chelsea also needed a big effort to overcome bottom-of-the-table Sunderland, winning 4-3 at the Stadium of Light.
Although the top four remained the same, there was plenty of movement in the middle of the table. Tottenham jumped up to sixth with a 2-1 win over Fulham. Swansea also got a boost from their 3-0 victory over Newcastle.
The biggest losers from the week were Norwich. The Canaries dropped to 16th after a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool. They can't see the back of Luis Suarez, who scored four goals and assisted on another, fast enough.
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